Global media about the discovery of a mummified person from ancient Egypt wrapped in a mud shell

Press/Media: Research


A new discovery in Egyptian mummification, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, was globally reported in TV, press and social media. Outlets included in Australia a feature story in Macquarie University 'Lighthouse', Channel 7 national news, ABC Radio, Cosmos magazine on-line; and overseas CNN (English and Arabic), Live Science, Nature Research Highlights, Archaeology magazine on-line, and many others.

Period4 Feb 2021

Media coverage


Media coverage

  • Title"World first: muddied mummy reveals new details of ancient practice"
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletMacquarie University 'The Lighthouse' announcement
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size5.39 mins
    DescriptionRecent publication in the scientific journal PLOS ONE revealed a genuinely new discovery in Egyptian mummification - an individual wrapped in a brown clay or mud shell located within the linen textile wrappings. The discovery was first made during CT scans conducted in the late 1990s, but was not fully studied until re-scanning in 2017 using improved technology at Macquarie Medical Imaging. Various scientific techniques were used to unravel the story of a woman from late New Kingdom Egypt, now housed in the Chau Chak Wing Museum at The University of Sydney.
    Producer/AuthorMelinda Ham
    PersonsKarin Sowada, Ronika Power, John Magnussen, Alice McClymont, Geraldine Jacobsen, Timothy Murphy, Jacinta Carruthers, Fiona Bertuch, Andrew Jenkinson